And the studio excitement continues! I’m really eager to get my stuff moved over, but I wanted to get some painting done first. After scouring Pinterest for a suitable color palette, I ran over to Lowe’s and grabbed some paint chips:
I decided to do the walls in pink and my slat wall in orange, with mostly red and aqua accents. I also used a combination of tutorials from A Beautiful Mess and Martha Stewart to DIY up some chalkboard paint, so one of my walls is a pink chalkboard! I found out a bit too late that Lowe’s offers tintable chalkboard paint, but there was something incredibly satisfying (albeit stinky) about mixing up my own chunky paint/grout paste.
Today, I spent the day fabric shopping at Golden D’Or, an insane fabric warehouse here in Dallas. There are crazy deals to be had, especially at the remnants table, where all remnants (up to about 4 yds!!!!) are $1/yard, meaning that you can get more than enough yardage for an entire project for under $5. Crazy deals! I snagged over 60 yards of fabric, mostly knits. I forgot to snap pics, but I plan to post a bit more tomorrow.
On the home front, I’ve been working on some simple envelope covers for some sofa pillows that no longer match my decor. I’m even snazzing them up with some hand embroidery.
After my little shopping spree, I went back to the studio to get some more painting done. Julie is graciously allowing us renters to use (and even paint!) her leftover slat wall, so I painted mine in the perfect shade of orange!
I really meant to start blogging again at the beginning of summer vacation. While that didn’t happen, I’m adopting Maddie’s attitude about success, and admitting that some great sewing things have been happening, even if I haven’t been following my blog dreams.
First, I have been sewing! Hooray! I’ve finished a couple Laurels and a McCall’s skirt, and I’ve cut out at least four more patterns that I have yet to start. I even dipped into my dear, patient home decor stash and whipped up a quick sofa pillow (it was so quick…I’m not sure why I was procrastinating so). I’m almost finished with all the projects from my Craftsy Beginning Serger course (the first time I’ll actually finish all the projects from one of my gazillion Craftsy courses!).
I’ve also been spending a few days here and there teaching at my dear friend Julie’s kids’ summer camp (infinitely better than teaching summer school). This summer semi-job has led to some very exciting recent developments in my sewing situation!
To make a long story short, Julie (who used to run a vintage/handmade shop along with teaching sewing classes) is getting out of the retail game to pursue teaching and making full-time. That meant a massive liquidation of her vintage holdings. For me, it meant the chance to snag some awesome additions to my sewing supplies.
First up, a dress form!
I’ve been holding off on getting one of these until my measurements stabilize (hopefully at a wee bit smaller than they are now), but this adjustable number was just too good to pass up.
Next, I found myself the proud owner of a new sewing machine!
It’s a Pfaff 2320! Now, I have a definite attachment to my little Brother (purchased at Costco for somewhere around $200), especially with its wide array of feet (it came with a walking foot!) and drop-in bobbin loading. However, I am well aware that it is not the best machine one could own, and despite religious servicing, I’m not super-happy with the stitch quality. This machine feels much sturdier and the test stitches I’ve done look much nicer. It doesn’t have all the feet and features that the Brother does, but I don’t really use most of those things regularly, and the quality of this machine is far superior. I’m still lusting after a top-of-the-line Bernina, but this should tide me over while I daydream/save for the other.
I also scored the newest addition to my ever-growing fabric stash:
It’s a gorgeous vintage Vera print!!!!!!!! I’m not sure of the exact fiber content, but there’s definitely some synthetics in there. It is absolutely gorgeous and in great condition (look at how white the white is, right?). I’m not sure what I want to do with this yet, but it will definitely be a special project.
So, what was the best thing I added to my sewing arsenal over the past few weeks? Believe it or not, it was not the gorgeous vintage fabric, the German-engineered sewing machine, or the adjustable dress form. Nope, it was a place to put them all! Now that Julie has cleared out her retail stuff, she has enough space to start renting out studios!!! I’ve got dibs on a little space next to a local designer (I feel simultaneously fancy and super-intimidated).
It may not look like much now, but it has huge potential, and I have pretty much free reign to make it what I want! Even better, Julie’s loaning me some of the awesome furniture, shelving, and even slat walls that are already in the space. For a girl who’s currently crawling around her floor to cut out patterns and shoving fabric into every possible nook and cranny, this is a dream come true! I can’t wait to start moving in!